1. Ric Marlow, 'A Taste of Honey' Songwriter, Dies at 91

    March 06, 2017 9:43 PM EST His tune won him a Grammy in 1962 and was made even more famous by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Ric Marlow, who co-wrote the 1960s pop song "A Taste of Honey" that earned him a Grammy Award and became a huge instrumental hit for Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, has died.…

  2. Herb Alpert Gives $10.1 Million to Los Angeles Community College

    August 26, 2016 4:43 AM EDT This week, Herb Alpert is in Hollywood's Capitol Studios with an orchestra, cutting his first Christmas album in 48 years. But it's really Christmas in August for the school where his foundation has just promised $10.1 million -- Los Angeles City College, which says it will be able…

  3. The Real Story Behind Herb Alpert's Iconic 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights' Album Cover, 50 Years Later

    May 20, 2016 4:44 PM EDT As Herb Alpert remembers it, he was in a recording studio one day in 1965 when the art director for A&M, the label Alpert co-owned, showed him the photograph that would soon grace one of the most memorable LP covers of all time. “My first reaction was, 'Holy shit, man. Too racy,'…

  4. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence

    October 10, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts! On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine , as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  5. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  6. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  7. Smokey Robinson Tapped for ELLA Award: 'I'm Very Honored By This'

    August 09, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Smokey Robinson first met Ella Fitzgerald some 50 years ago and calls her "my mom, just such a wonderful lady. I loved her so much, and she was always so sweet to me." Now he's getting an award named in Fitzgerald's honor. The Motown legend will be the recipient of the…

  8. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 08, 2011 1:05 PM EST An era of tight playlists leaves little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott has fashioned an enviably fortuitous career as host of "The Lost 45s," airing "records you never thought you'd hear…

  9. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHO COULD BREAK …

  10. Janet Jackson To Release 'Number Ones' Album, Book

    October 14, 2009 5:25 PM EDT A new Janet Jackson greatest hits album titled "Number Ones" is due out Nov. 17 in the U.S. on A&M/UMe. Outside of America, it will be titled "Janet Jackson: The Best," and street on Nov. 23. The 34 track collection includes 33 of Jackson's hits plus one new track…

  11. Ask Billboard: Jay Sean Meets The Beatles

    October 09, 2009 4:44 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'THE ANSWER' IS THE QUESTION Gary, First, I want to say that "…

  12. Living Colour Back With Fifth Studio Album

    July 08, 2009 10:43 PM EDT The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with "The Chair In The Doorway" - the band's first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in…

  13. Living Colour Back With Fifth Studio Album

    July 08, 2009 8:50 AM EDT The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with "The Chair In The Doorway" - the band's first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in…

  14. March 31, 2009

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Police issue arrest warrants for country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shoots and wounds a man outside a Lorena, Texas bar. Shaver later turns himself in. 1995 – Tejano singer Selena dies after being shot by her former personal assistant and former fan club president, Yolanda…

  15. March 15, 2009

    March 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bob Seger, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, the Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and the Staple Singers are inducted into the Rock …

  16. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

  17. Chart Beat: T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Usher, Flo Rida, T-Pain

    November 26, 2008 2:02 PM EST Fred Bronson discusses T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Christmas albums and more! DOUBLING UP: For the first time in the 50-year history of the Hot 100, two lead artists hold down the top four positions on the chart, dividing this territory equally between them. T.I. stands pat at No. 1 and slides…

  18. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and Alicia Keys have avoided such a fate, as…

  19. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl…

  20. This Day in Music

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Baldemar Huerta, also known as Freddy Fender, who hit big in 1975 with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls," dies in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 69. 2006 - Baldemar Huerta, also known as Freddy Fender, who hit big in 1975 with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls,"…

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